The Feb. 28 news story “NCC faces deadline on accreditation” left some parents and students with the impression that Nassau Community College’s accrediting agency, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, could take immediate action that would threaten Nassau’s accreditation and the ability of NCC students to access financial aid. As the article explained, the college has until 2018 to come into compliance.

I wish to strongly emphasize that NCC has not, nor has it ever, lost its institutional accreditation. The college remains fully accredited and student financial aid is not endangered. Classroom instruction is excellent in the long prevailing tradition at Nassau Community College.

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With the cooperation and hard work of campus constituencies, we have made excellent progress, and I anticipate we will soon attain full compliance with all standards.

W. Hubert Keen, Garden City

Editor’s note: The writer is president of Nassau Community College.